Obituaries

Raymond Deitz

Raymond Ray Deitz, 85, died Jan. 5, 2013, at his home in Anchor Point. Ray was born Oct. 27, 1927, in Seldovia and was raised on the family homestead in Homer. Ray s father, Jack Deitz Sr., started the family homestead on the bench lands of Kachemak Bay in 1922 after marrying Gladys Cooper of Ninilchik. Gladys Cooper s father was Joseph Cooper, who started gold mining in what is now called Cooper Landing. The Coopers were known as one of the first families of Ninilchik.

Betty Louise Snow

Betty L. Snow, 91, died Dec. 27, 2012, at the Friendship Terrace in Homer. The family held a private memorial to scatter her ashes in Kachemak Bay. The extended family will gather in August.

Claude "Larry" Dixon, Jr.

Anchor Point resident Claude "Larry" Dixon Jr., 71, died Dec. 21, 2012, at South Peninsula Hospital, Homer. A 35-year Alaska resident, Larry was born Jan. 28, 1941, in Blackshear, Ga., to Claude and Vera (Hunter) Dixon. He grew up in Thunderbolt and Savannah, Ga. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at age 19, and served four years. His last duty station was Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. He met his wife there and they settled in Melbourne, Fla., and all four of his children were born there.

Laurence M. Chadwick

Laurence Michael Chadwick also known as "Larry," "Chad" and "Mike," a resident of Homer, passed away on Jan. 14, 2013, at the age of 74. A celebration of his life will take place this spring with the time and place to be announced.
He was born on Dec. 21, 1938, in Kent, Wash. He migrated to Anchorage in 1964 after receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army and found his way to Homer in the 1980s.

Michael Anderson Bennett

Michael Anderson Bennett, 19, of Homer, passed away at home on Jan. 9, 2013, surrounded by his loved ones -- family and caregivers -- with "Over the Rainbow" and the sound of the ocean surf playing in the background.
Michael was born Dec. 5, 1993, in Homer. In early 1994, Michael developed a rare neurological disorder, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, resulting from a reaction to an immunization.

Paula Setterquist

Paula Setterquist, 58, lost her battle with cancer on the morning of Jan. 6, 2013, in her home, surrounded by loved ones.
Paula was beloved by her family, friends and the community as a whole. Her creativity and character were shown in her many contributions and volunteer services throughout Homer, a town she loved dearly. She was devoted and dedicated in everything she did, and put her heart into enriching the lives of everyone she met.

Linda Kay Jandt

Homer resident Linda Kay Jandt, 65, passed away quietly Dec. 30, 2012, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. Memorial services are at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Saint John's Catholic Church. Memorial donations may be made to Saint John's Catholic Church.
Linda was born in Lawton, Okla. She met Kenney Jandt in Nevada. He brought her back to Homer and they were married in September 1981. They spent many happy years on the homestead between Homer and Anchor Point before Kenney's health began to fail. Thereafter, they spent many more years living near and in Homer.

Larry Nathan Van Sandt

Surrounded by his family, Larry Nathan Van Sandt was taken home to the Lord on Dec. 30, 2012, after a hard-fought battle with lung cancer. He was born Larry Nathan Van Valkenburgh in Maryland, N.Y., on March 2, 1958, and was adopted by Dale M. Van Sandt when he was 14. He moved to Homer with his family in 1973. He was a big football fan and was instrumental in getting a petition signed in Homer to push for a football field at the high school.

Howard Haines Cloud III

Howard Haines Cloud III, 62, of Homer, died unexpectedly on Dec. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles.
A celebration of life service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, Colo. Memorial contributions can be made to the Howard Cloud Memorial Fund established at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies at: www.akcoastalstudies.org or by calling (907) 235-6667.

Larry Nathan Van Sandt

Surrounded by his family, Larry Nathan Van Sandt was taken home to the Lord on Dec. 30, 2012, after a hard-fought battle with lung cancer. He was born Larry Nathan Van Valkenburgh in Maryland, N.Y., on March 2, 1958, and was adopted by Dale M. Van Sandt when he was 14. He moved to Homer with his family in 1973. He was a big football fan and was instrumental in getting a petition signed in Homer to push for a football field at the high school.

Howard Haines Cloud III



Howard Haines Cloud III, 62, of Homer, died unexpectedly on Dec. 6, 2012, in Los Angeles.
A celebration of life service is 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, Colorado Springs, Colo. Memorial contributions can be made to the Howard Cloud Memorial Fund established at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies at: www.akcoastalstudies.org or by calling (907) 235-6667.

Royce "Raven" A. Bailey



Fritz Creek resident Royce "Raven" Allen Bailey, 59, passed away Dec. 6, 2012, at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage after a courageous battle with lung cancer. A celebration of his life will be held on May 19, 2013, at the Seafarer's Memorial on the Homer Spit. Details will be announced at a later date.

Michael G. Wiley

Clam Gulch resident Mr. Michael Gilbert Wiley, 71, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at his home in Clam Gulch.
A celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Building, 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kenai.
Mr. Wiley was born May 6, 1941, in Hartford, Conn. He graduated from Rockville High School in1959. After graduating from high school he furthered his education by attending the University of Connecticut in 1963.

Patricia Louise Horton

Homer resident Ms. Patricia Louise Horton, 71, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Main Street Assisted Living in Homer. No services are planned at this time.
Ms. Horton was born Dec. 24, 1940, in Oregon. She graduated from Taft High School in Taft, Ore. Soon after graduating she attended Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., for one year. In 1993 Patricia moved to Wasilla.

Sally C. Rader

Longtime Alaskan Sally Christine Rader, 62, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Central Peninsula Hospital from acute renal failure.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, at Land’s End Resort in the Quarter Deck. Lanny Simpson will officiate. Sally loved the color purple. Please wear something purple to the memorial if you are able.

Michelle V. David

Homer resident, Ms. Michelle Vera David, 45, died Monday, November 19, 2012, at her home in her sleep after a 16 year battle with multiple sclerosis.
No services are being planned at this time. She will be inurned at The Denair Pioneer Cemetery in California.
Ms. David was born Jan. 14, 1967, in Turlock, Calif. She left Alaska soon after she graduated from Homer High School in 1985, where she furthered her education by attending college in San Diego, Calif. In 2006 Michelle moved back to Homer, where she has lived ever since.

Virgil L. Kinney



Longtime Alaskan Virgil L. Kinney, 74, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at The Ark of Homer Assisted Living.
Graveside services are 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Fallbrook, Calif., with Maurice Pelletier officiating.
Virgil was born Aug. 18, 1938, in Fallbrook, Calif. He moved to Alaska in 1962 and resided in Anchorage. In Anchorage, he worked for Spenard Builder Supply. He retired in 1998.
Virgil moved to Homer in July, 2010. He enjoyed fishing, cars, music and spending time with his family.

Josephine (Jo) Shupert



Josephine (Jo) Shupert went to be with the Lord on Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, 2012, at the age of 96. Born in New York on Jan. 22, 1916, she moved to California in 1940 and to Alaska in 1958. Jo married Ernest Shupert in 1959. They spent many happy years on their homestead between Homer and Anchor Point, where they grew huge gardens and sold what they grew to places like Alaska Wild Berry Products.

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